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18 September 2018



Vaisala hails breakthrough in road weather monitoring

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Petteri Leppanen of Vaisala displays the monitoring technology
Vaisala is highlighting a paradigm shift in road weather monitoring and decision-making. The company is demonstrating an advanced capability, which will be rolled out to markets next year, to display weather conditions along entire routes, and not just where road weather stations are located.

This event is the first time Vaisala has shown the technology developments behind this new game-changing capability which combines data from multiple sources, together with Vaisala science expertise, to generate a route-long assessment of real-time, high-resolution weather conditions.

“This is a huge breakthrough,” says Steve Howe, Vaisala solution manager. “This technology will allow road operators and traffic managers to maintain full situational awareness by viewing road temperature and road surface conditions across the entire network and not just where road weather stations are located.”

The technology brings benefits across the ground transportation sector. “For those responsible for managing the impact of ice, snow and other adverse weather conditions on the roadway, the network-wide view ensures better operational decision-making and monitoring,” says Petteri Leppanen, Vaisala sales manager.

“In addition to the real-time benefit, it will provide verification to route-based forecasting. Moreover, intended future developments include notification of high winds, localised flooding and level of grip, all of which are key measurements to support safe mobility for all road users and especially for autonomous vehicles.”

On the company’s stand here in Copenhagen, Vaisala will feature a short video “Vaisala Ground Transport Decision Support” (which has also been uploaded to YouTube) fully illustrating how the company is revolutionising the way road maintenance can be managed and providing insights into how the company’s system helps save lives, money, time and resources.

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